Varsity teams win big this fall

Individual achievements punctuated winning seasons for several of Carleton University’s varsity teams this fall. Twenty-three Ravens were named to Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-star teams in five different sports. And two Carleton teams ended up on the podium.

“When you develop winning programs,” says Drew Love, Director of Recreation and Athletics, “they become models for others to follow, and winning becomes contagious.”

The women’s water polo team was the first to catch the victory bug, winning a fifth provincial title in 20 years. Rachel Baxter was a scoring champ in the regular season, and she was named the playoff’s MVP. “This is a very talented team,” confirms coach Steve Baird. “I’d match it against any team I’ve coached.”

The men’s water polo team made a splash, too, finishing the OUA tournament with a bronze medal for the second straight year. Their regular season play was also topnotch and highlighted by the Ravens’ first-ever shutout—a masterful 24–0 victory over the University of Western Ontario’s Mustangs.

The Ravens excelled on the soccer pitch as well. High points included eight goals by Kofi Ilboudo and stellar goaltending during the season by Gloucester native Karl Wasslen. The men’s soccer team finished first (tied with Queen’s University) in the OUA and cracked the top 10 in the Canadian Inter-University Sport (CIS). “Considering we had 10 rookies on the team, we had a good season and now have a solid foundation for 2007,” says coach Sandy Mackie.

Not to be outdone, the women’s team finished league play with 11 wins, thanks in large part to Angela Penfound. The veteran goalie established new career and single-season highs in both wins and shutouts. Coupled with a record-breaking performance from striker Amber Prosia, the Ravens finish 10th in the CIS.

The Women’s Field Hockey team produced two all-stars— Rachel Devenport and Jacklyn Fung. In rowing, all-star Paul Amesbury won the OUA silver medal in the men’s lightweight singles, and then silver again in St. Catherines at the national championships.

“I look forward to the challenges of the next term and the potential success of our ten winter teams,” says Love.

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